Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Unpacking things: There is a concept very popular with a certain faction of the "We are All Doomed" crowd called Energy Return on Energy Invested, with an accompanying argument that civilization is fundamentally reliant on energy sources which have a...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Still, the bound is going to hold. Diesel at the mine head is not going to be cheaper than electricity at the reactor gate, even if you pretend one hundred percent of mining costs are energy. Which was the lazy...
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    Nuclear has sky high EROEI, very much including waste disposal. It is trivial to prove this. Step one: Note that there does not exist any charities donating diesel and electricity for free to the mining consortia of the world. Nor...
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    Spain does not actually have a lot of rebuild examples to get costs of - but they do manage to build highspeed rail for below 7 million euro/km fairly often despite the need to ram those lines through mountains on...
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    It does include things like "And a third of this rail line is in tunnels" so.. you could just bore your way under London....
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    Wait, no, that was the electrified length. It is only enough money to rebuild the whole network once....
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    65 billion with sane planning and contracting should get you... up to eleven thousand kilometers of high speed rail (cost of best practices in Spain). That is not a math error. You have allocated enough money to this problem to...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Fusion research more than anything else seems to be about the exploration of plasma physics, for both military and scientific reasons - That is, some of the funding is there because if you understand the process well enough, you can...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Most proposals to use ammonia as fuel do not envisage lighting it on fire - it is mostly considered as a convenient way to store hydrogen to run fuel cells on. or directly fed to fuel cells. Either way, that...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    ... EROEI is a pseudo-statistic that does not matter much for prices, but to the extent it is a thing, nuclear wins. Nuclear has better energy return than just about anything else, and it has been rising quickly in recent...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    ... Again, electricity scarcity is never going to be a thing. It is not a thing that can happen. Liquid fuels? Those can get pricy, though that too has limits - for one thing, ammonia synthesis is trivial. But electricity...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    ... *Wicked grin* I mentioned before that Spain demonstrates infrastructure can be done far cheaper than you imagine possible? Well, one of the things they do well is tunnels. On top of that, tunneling is obviously a problem which superior...
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    This is not a possible future. If mechanized food production goes away, gigadeaths follow. Not because of food shortages, exactly, but because the general collapse of economic productivity implied by that means nothing else gets done, and that is not...
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    Eh. This is entirely a urban myth. https://www.howtogeek.com/231886/tested-should-you-unplug-chargers-when-youre-not-using-them/ The power draw of chargers not in use is effectively nil....
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    About the only firms that even consider doing this now are pressure cookers. Productivity research, ca 1920, 1930. Workers cant sustain output for more than about 40 hours a week, long term. Footnotes to said research, post 2000: The actual...
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    A lot of you are assuming strict space constraints - I think this may be very mistaken. Housing shortages today exist because people who own their residences are far more politically active than the mean, and use the resulting clout...
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    Lets see: Everyone is mostly alive, so. Step one: The world adopts the infrastructure construction and planning practices of Spain. This cuts the cost of building infrastructure to an utterly ridiculous degree (Spain is better at this than China. As...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It is a foregone conclusion Sweden will not extradite, in fact. They have refused to do so with great consistency - as an example, Marta Rita Velazquez a quite ridiculously successful Cuban spy master retired from running circles around the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Chelseas lawyers are currently arguing that since Assange has in fact, been indicted, the grand jury she refused to testify for is now redundant and her continued incarceration illegal. Which strikes me as correct....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Buying politicians only works as long as noone makes "Destroy the Tax-Haven System" a campaign platform, because once someone stands up and says that is a plank they are running on, the status quo becomes politically toxic as all...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Problem with the off-shore model is that the actual wealth - the mansion, the factory, the mineral deposit, the chain of nail salons, whatever, is not in the offshore financial center, not an iota of it, so the entire model...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    On the one hand, the United Kingdom is an island, and given the existence of desal tech, there is no excuse for it to ever run short of potable water, on the other hand, this does presume you actually solve...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    ... Actually, you are wrong about that. The people behind these amendments are attempting to tie the electoral college into an origami knot - The form of the (State) amendments is that they obligate the electoral college emissaries of that...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    That is the Cynical Fallacy. I have over time come to the conclusion that the Tabula Raza is an accurate enough descriptor of humanity, and just wish people would stop writing passages from the Necromonicon on that blank slate. That...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You can walk from Bejing to Moscow, so maybe the peoples army could do something about Russia (I do not actually think their logistics are up for this) but a conventional war between the US and China would almost certainly...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ... Again, this is not theoretical - Sweden has a record of telling the US (and everyone else) to pound sand on this issue. There are ex-spies currently enjoying their retirement from that life there. And eh, the rape charges...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Its not actually a matter of legal technicality. It is extremely obvious the US wants him for political crimes (Espionage) and that means Sweden wont turn him over even if they find a non-political charge to try to extradite him...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Returning to "Sweden does not extradite" Marta Rita Velazquez - ring master of a Cuban spy ring, living free and clear in Stockholm - that is the newest case I could find, though not the most high profile - That...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Sweden does not extradite people for espionage, never have, exceedingly unlikely ever to do so. It is explicitly ruled out by the relevant treaties. The CIA have done snatches on Swedish soil, but in a high profile case like this,...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    If you are really anti-abortion, I have a modest proposal for you: Menses is astonishingly unpleasant for a whole lot of women, I hope this is not in any way, shape or form a surprise to anyone? Hormonal IUDs make...
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